Snoop Dogg, *ahem* apologies, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg – following his recent rebirth as Snoop Lion for his forthcoming reggae-influenced album, Reincarnated – may be going by a new name, but as the saying goes ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’
The man born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. has reportedly gotten up to his old tricks, with The Herald Sun reporting that the US rapper was busted with possession of marijuana last month.
Snoop was heading to southern Norway in June to appear at a music festvial, but was held at Kjevik Airport when custom officials found he was carrying eight grams of marijuana on his person and as a result has been barred from entering the country for two years.
The 40-year-old rapper’s legal representative in Norway, Holger Hagesaeter told the associated press that he had no immediate plans to appeal the two year ban, and that his client “can live with the decision.”
On top of the possession charges, Broadus was also found to be carrying more cash than is legally allowed in Norway and was fined 52,000 krone (approx $AU 8,200) after admitting to the two offences. He did go on however to perform at his scheduled appearance at Norway’s Hove Festival.
It’s not the fist time the rapper’s been banned from a country for his ‘lifestyle choices’. In 2007 alone, he was banned from the UK, The Hague in the Netherlands, and then running into visa problems in Australia. Resulting in Snoop getting banned from landing on Australian soil for over a year based on character grounds due to his previous criminal convcitions.
In more recent news, last week (seemingly overnight) Snoop Dogg reinvented himself as Snoop Lion for his upcoming reggae album, Reincarnated. As well as releasing the first taste of his rastafarian efforts in lead single, ‘La La La’, produced by Major Lazer (which is production team, Diplo and Switch) and Ariel Rechtshaid.